Medieval Chronicle Society

The Medieval Chronicle Society is the international year and interdisciplinary organization founded to Facilitate the work of scholars interested in medieval annals and chronicles , or more Generally medieval historiography . [1] [2] It was founded in 1999 and in February 2011 had 380 members.

Aims and history

Annals and chronicles were the main genres of historical writing in the Middle Ages . Consequently, they have always been of great importance to historians . The extent to qui aussi They Are of interest to students of medieval literature or of historical linguistics Was Only Realized fully in the lath portion of the 20th century. Since many chronicles are illustrated, they are also a fruitful object of study for art historians . It was the desire for a forum in which these disciplines could work together to the foundation of the society.

The history of the society began with a series of triennial conferences initially in Utrecht , but later moving from place to place. These early conferences were hosted by Erik Kooper (English Studies, Utrecht). It was at the second of these conferences, in 1999, that the society was formally founded.

The society maintains a website financed by the University of Liverpool, and publishes a regular newsletter with information on recent publications in the chronicles field.

The Medieval Chronicle Journal

Volumes of proceedings of the first three conferences were published by Rodopi. [3] When the society was founded, this triennial publication was transformed into a yearbook, now the peer-reviewed journal The Medieval Chronicle . [4]

The journal is trilingual, with articles in English, French and German. As well as the proceedings of the society’s lectures, and also of the Cambridge Chronicle Symposium, the journal includes the independent research of the conferences. A number of text editions of chronicles have been published here.


Conferences to date:

  1. 1996 Utrecht ( Driebergen )
  2. 1999 Utrecht (Driebergen) [5]
  3. 2002 Utrecht ( Doorn )
  4. 2005 Reading
  5. 2008 Belfast
  6. 2011 Pécs [6]
  7. 2014 Liverpool
  8. 2017 Lisbon
  9. 2020 (planned) Poznań


A number of interdisciplinary projects have been inspired by the society, including Repertorium Chronicarum an on-line database of Latin chronicle manuscripts maintained by Dan Embree on the website of Mississippi State University. [7]

A major project of the society was the Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle published in Leiden by Brill . [8] The EMCcontains around 2500 usually quite articles on individual authors or on anonymous works. A majority of these are from Western Christendom, but there are also entries on Slavic, Byzantine, Syriac, Islamic and Jewish chronicles. These give information on the date, language, form and manuscript tradition, and discuss issues which have been highlighted in recent scholarship. There are also about 60 „thematic“ articles on particular aspects of chronicles. The two-volume paper edition appeared in 2010 and runs to around 1830 pages, with about 60 black-and-white full-page illustrations. About 450 scholars collaborated in writing it. An electronic edition with additional articles appeared in 2012; an update with significant expansions appeared in 2016.

See also

  • List of historical societies
  • List of literary societies
  • Rolls Series
  • Text publication society


  1. Jump up^ Albrecht Classen,Handbook of Medieval Studies, 2010, p.1719.
  2. Jump up^ For press carry on the Society see for examplethe Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagzeitung, May 22, 2011, p.63.
  3. Jump up^ The Medieval Chroniclevolumes 1-3,Rodopi, 1999-2004.
  4. Jump up^ The Medieval Chroniclevolumes 4-,Rodopi, 2006-, ISSN 1567-2336.
  5. Jump up^ Report on the second Driebergen conference, Frankfürter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung 4 August 1999.
  6. Jump up^ Report on the Pecs conference on Hungarian television
  7. Jump up^ Onlinehere
  8. Jump up^ Graeme Dunphy. Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle. Leiden: Brill. 2009.ISBN 90-04-18464-3. See page viii for the link to the Chronicle Society. Reviews: The Medieval Archived Review 2012-10-03 at the Wayback Machine . August 2010; Frankfürter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung 3 August 2011; Aetas20 (2011), 208-11; IASL-Online ; Modern Language Review107 (2012), 1226-28; Francia-Recensio , 2012; Journal of Southeast European Studies / Journal of South-East European Studies, 50 (2012), 365-366;H-Soz-u-Kult , 2012; Mediaevistik , 24 (2012), 381-383; Das Mittelalter , 17 (2012), 153-154; Historische Zeitschrift , 296 (2013), 174-175; sehepunkte , 13 (2013), Nr. 6.